Throughout the year, United Way and its partners will host events in the community. Many of these are volunteer opportunities, while others are exclusive events for our Giving Communities.

Bookmark this page! New events and volunteer opportunities are added all the time. If you have a question about an event see listed below, contact us.

Upcoming Events

Attendance Awareness Month

When: Saturday, September 30, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to noon.

Where: YMCA of Greater Richmond, Gottwald Center, 2 West Franklin Street, Richmond, Virginia 23220

You can help empower families by increasing awareness of the importance of school attendance. Volunteers will form teams and distribute information to local business and community partners. Click here to register.

Books Bonanza!

When: Thursday, October 5, 2017, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. OR Thursday, October 12, 2017, 9 to 11 a.m.

Where: United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg, 2001 Maywill Street, Suite 201, Richmond VA 23230

United Way is distributing thousands of books in our community. We need your help to sort, label and organize books before we can give them students throughout our region.

Reading For Resilience

When: Last 2 Weeks of October and First 2 Weeks of November

Where: Highland Spring Elementary School, 600 Pleasant St, Highland Springs, VA 23075

United Way Volunteers read books and lead activities to help students identify the resilient behaviors shown in by the diverse and empowered characters in the story.  By volunteering, you will help children build critical literacy skills, inspire a love of learning, and reinforce the resilience needed to succeed in school. For more information, contact

MetroCASH Materials Assembly

When: Thursday, November 30, 2017, 3:30 to 5 p.m. OR 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Where: United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg, 2001 Maywill Street, Suite 201, Richmond VA 23230

Volunteers will be assembling binders of training materials as part of the needed behind-the-scenes work that enables MetroCASH serve over 3,200 households each year.

Recent Events

United Way Young Leader Society Mentorship Reception

Wednesday, July 26, 2017, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

By joining the United Way Young Leaders Society (YLS), you can learn more about our community while volunteering and connecting with other young philanthropists. You can go further in your development as a community leader with the United Way YLS Mentorship Program.

Homeward’s Point in Time Survey

Thursday, July 27, 2017, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg incubated and helped form Homeward because housing is a critical basic need and one of the first steps to success. Now a United Way partner agency, Homeward is our region’s planning and coordinating organization for homeless services.

Supply Drive Kick-Off

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Education is the key to upward mobility. In order to succeed, students must be prepared for kindergarten, reading at grade level by 3rd grade, engaged in middle school and graduate high school on time. To help with these critical steps to success, volunteers can collect and sort donated school supplies at a partnering Walmart location.